advance directive

advance directive

noun
a living will or durable power of attorney in which a person states his or her wishes regarding medical treatment in the event of mental incompetency or an inability to communicate.

Origin:
1980-85

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advance directive
 
n
another name for living will

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Main Entry:  advance directive
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a legal document written in which the signer asks not to be kept alive by extraordinary medical effort when suffering from terminal illness or severely disabled; a prior statement of refusal to permit certain types of medical treatment; also called living will, health-care directive, directive to physicians
Example:  An advance directive takes effect if you cannot communicate your own health-care decisions.
Usage:  law
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